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World Bank Report Illustrates The Potential of Blockchain In Bid For Financial Inclusion

The World Bank's most recent report demonstrates a change in tone from international institutions, and a broader rush to implement this technology on a broader scale.

  • The recently released World Bank’s dossier has highlighted various concepts on emerging Technology i.e. Blockchain.
  • This was an extension of the PAFI 2016 report also by world Bank that in length touched on DLT’s, stablecoins and CBDCs.
  • There also seems to be a consensus that Stablecoins have sped up the process for CBDCs.

Emerging technologies like Blockchain have sent Financial Institutions into a frenzy to try and adopt them lest they get left behind.

These same entities have tried to integrate their legacy-ridden payment systems in a bid to achieve seamless operations. The World Bank has recently released a dossier which seems to indicate that they share the same sentiment that Blockchain is, indeed, ready for financial inclusion.

The 70-page report titled – “Payment aspects of financial inclusion in the fintech era” -released by The Bank of International Settlements (BIS) has highlighted various underlying crypto and blockchain services such as Stablecoins as well as CBDCs.

The dossier Emphasizes how the accelerated pace of innovation has resulted in the “Era of Fintech.” But this has not come without its challenges.

“However, it is not a panacea and there are risks that need to be managed”

An Extension of the 2016 PAFI Report

The report seems to be an extension of the 2016 report – Payment aspects of financial inclusion (PAFI) – which was the brainchild of the joint study of the World Bank and Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI).

The more recent BIS study aligns with the PAFI report into a much modern scenario to include Blockchain concepts.

In the report, the World Bank outlined combining Distributed Ledger Tech (DLT’s), stablecoins, CBDCs and payment systems with cutting edge technologies such as Big Data analysis and cloud computing.

This idea was summed up by the PAFI Fintech wheel, highlighting various milestones that may be instrumental to payment aspects of financial inclusion.

Role of Stablecoins in CBDCs Rush

Citing Libra, the World Bank was able to show that stablecoins had indeed spooked Central Banks, resulting in a CBDC rat race. Mostly because they want control over cross border payments. However, none of these CBDCs have since gone live (yet).

There are concerns, as a recent BIS study reveals, that none of the CBDC projects scope really zero in on cross border payments.

This lack of precision is in spite of several central banks touting their CBDC’s as solutions to faster, cheaper and more secure cross border payments.



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